The average American has 23 pounds to lose to be 'considered at his or her ideal body weight'. Here are some signs that Americans are getting bigger!
1. Revolving doors, for example, have widened from 10 feet to 12 feet in recent years.
2. Scales, which seldom went over 300 pounds, now go up to 400 or 500 pounds.
3. Fast-food servings are two to five times what they were in the 1950s. When it debuted 40 years ago, the Big Mac was but a wee patty of 3-ounce meat. Today, you can find a 12-ounce burger at some establishments and beverages can come in cups, err, containers that hold more than 40 ounces.
4. “Vanity sizing,” in which manufacturers adjust apparel size downward so it’s more palatable for women, is spreading. A size 4 today was, 20 years ago, a size 8. Some 62 percent of American women wear a size 14 or larger.
5. To accommodate heftier drivers, some car manufacturers include seat belts that are 18 to 20 inches longer, or offer seat belt extenders.
6. Movie theater seats have gone from 20 to 26 inches wide. And so are wheelchairs.
7. Surgical instruments are extra long to reach into deeper body cavities.
8. Blood pressure cuffs have more girth to fit around our bigger arms.
9. Manufacturer Big John is marketing a toilet that is 19 inches wide and 2 inches taller than the average 14-inch-wide seat. They have a weight capacity of 1,200 pounds.
10. Some manufacturers are shipping 54-inch-wide coffins, broader than the standard 24 inch, which can hold 700 pounds.
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